Styx: “Too Much Time on My Hands”

ALBUM:  Paradise Theatre

YEAR: 1981

WRITER: Tommy Shaw

Peaked at number-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-two on the Top Rock Tracks chart.

Styx singer-guitarist Tommy Shaw doesn’t have a lot of songs on Paradise Theatre, a concept album with a story line mostly outlined in the songs by Dennis DeYoung. Shaw explains how his only Top 10 pop hit for Styx came to him while driving to one of the final writing sessions for the album. “I was getting close to there, I’m thinking, ‘I gotta come up with some ideas. I gotta have something to represent me on this record.’ And a few miles from there I started hearing [sings riff]. I heard that and it’s no big deal and so I’m thinking of the chords, how do the chords go? And I’ve got the first verse. And I got in there and as soon as I could, I said, ‘Try this on guitar [sings riff] and when I tell you go down to the C. Within minutes we were well into that song.”

Styx bassist Chuck Panozzo celebrates his 68th birthday today (September 20th).


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